A Friday Night Miracle

“Probably ninety-nine percent of people have never seen this,” my husband said. Friday night, we weren’t expecting to spot anything amazing as we headed toward the restaurant. We were just riding down same road we’ve traveled thousands of times, going about our everyday routine, when all of a sudden, we spotted them.

Three baby foxes!

This one was the bravest–the other two ran inside the hole in the concrete.

We sat there watching. Whispering.  “They look sorta like kittens and a little like puppies,” I said. “You sure they’re foxes?”

“Positive. This is incredible.”

We watched for a few more minutes. Pretty soon Holy chills covered me.

There’s a message here, God seemed to say. Pay attention.

“We don’t live this way, do we?” Rick said.

“What do you mean?”

“Expecting God to show up and surprise us always–at any time.”

“We really don’t.”

“We should,” he said, as the baby fox dashed out of sight.

“You’re right.” I reached for his hand. “We should.”

This morning Oswald Chambers confirmed our Friday night discussion in My Utmost for His Highest

“To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow may bring. This is generally expressed with a sigh of sadness, but it should be an expression of BREATHLESS EXPECTATION.”

Breathless expectation!

Oswald says…

“When we have the right relationship with God, life is full of SPONTANEOUS JOYFUL UNCERTAINTY AND EXPECTANCY.”

Oh, Lord, let me live every day expecting You to break in at any moment.

Because You can.

You have.

You will.

Has God surprised you lately?





  1. Julie, sometimes He surprises in BIG ways-ways we can’t miss. But your story reminds me that so often He surprises us in quiet ways that we miss if we’re not listening with expectancy … wonderful J xo

    • That was it exactly, Robin. Such a quiet way!! And quick. I gotta keep my eyes, ears, and spirit open at all times.

  2. Pat Garczynski says:

    Thanks, Julie, for your faithfulness to Wednesday with words and pictures! I remember reading a comment years ago by a man in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Cardinal Leo Jozef Suenens of Belgium: “I am a man of hope because I believe in the surprises of the Holy Spirit.”

  3. Anna Haney says:

    BREATHLESS EXPECTATION. I had the same kind of thing, but not nearly as cute as foxes, when we were grilling and two grey frogs plopped out of the wheel well of the grill onto the deck, They were not that big, did not make a sound, but their appearance was so mysterious to my husband and me. I have to admit I squealed like a schoolgirl at the first PLOP, but then I was fascinated. And then I honestly wanted to see if there were more of them. Now I have never been an amphibian fan, but I was rather taken in by these creatures. Why did God send them to our house? And why were they gray? How often does He put miracles in my path and I don’t even notice. Thank you, Julie! You have hit another home run!

    • Anna, I don’t believe I’ve EVER seen grey frogs. And we have them all in and around our two koi ponds. You might possible be tied with us and our baby fox-sightings. 🙂

      I just loved breathless expectation. I can’t say it w/out looking for Him.

      Thank you, my precious friend. You always, always make me smile.

  4. I so look forward to Wednesdays to read your posts! My one word this year was “Expect.” I told a friend what my word was, and she didn’t quite get it–probably because I didn’t phrase it as beautifully as you and Mr. Chambers have. Thanks for reminding me of my word and to live everyday in “breathless expectation.” Hugs.

    • Ohhhh, Expect. Well looka there, Marie! I love it.

      Give any credit to Mr. Chambers. He nailed it! I’m taking a deep breath now, expecting and praising….

  5. Brenda Greene says:

    Love this Sweet Julie…

    Not as cute as your baby foxes…but I was surprised by something almost that cute. Just yesterday while working on in deck flower pots, I watched a baby fledgling bird acclimate to his new surroundings! Did not even fly off when I came close enough to pick him up. Eyes to behold…blessed indeed!

    And just this morning I was again Surprised by God when I woke with the song “Be strong and take courage, do not fear or be afraid…” (from Deuteronomy 3:31) running thru my head/heart. Immediately thought I needed to share with our daughters (I’ve been texting them scripture frequently [spiritual warfare if you will!] to help them maneuver thru their busy days of nurturing their families while working diligently at their nursing and teaching careers). Before I did that, I turned to the first prayer (to coincide with the first day of the month) in “The Power of a Praying Wife” to pray for my hubby’s wife…me! 🙂 So uplifting and encouraging!

    BREATHLESS EXPECTATIONS pretty much describe your Wednesday Words to my heart! Keep on writing Julie Girl and I’ll keep on reading! Brenda

    • Hey Brenda, I think your baby bird probably is as cute as the foxes. It just brings Him so close, doesn’t it, to keep looking for Him.

      Love that you’re texting your daughters Scripture–sort of like in the “olden days” how we put notes in lunch boxes. Great idea!! I’ve read The Power of a Praying Wife–love it!

      Thank you, my friend. Just blesses me so to know my words find a home in your heart.

  6. Rita Smith says:

    Julie….Bishop Bronner posted this week about the word “Expectancy.” Say it slow….and it becomes
    “Expect and see.”

    • RITA!! I love it!! Never thought about it!! Thank you. And I’m praying daily for you. I haven’t forgotten. 🙂 🙂

      Much love.

  7. I love these photos and the message you found in the little foxes. Living with expectancy for what He will do…that’s a great way to live. Thank you for sharing this reminder!

  8. God surprises me in lots of ways, and one of them is in your fantastic blog posts that help me to see Him in action.

    Breathless expectation. I’m taking note of that.

    LOVE Rita Smith’s comment….expect and see!

    • Awww, thank you, B.J. I know–isn’t expect and see wonderful!! I’d never heard it. Thank you, Rita!!

  9. Love your breathless expectation, Julie. We never know with what God will surprise us. For me it was a cow moose and her calf in my driveway. God so loves to delight his children!

  10. Sandra Walker says:

    LOVE how last week’s post and this week’s post tied together!!! I get so excited to read your post on
    Wednesdays!!! The LORD so speaks through you. He confirmed again what He is saying to me! I want
    to live everyday to expect and see! Thank you!

    • Sandra, wow! Isn’t the Lord amazing…and every week I come to Him and say, “Help me again. I’m not sure what to write about this week.” And He always, always provides.

      Thank you for letting me know you’re reading. XOXOXO

  11. What a beautiful post. To live with joyful expectancy is a goal of mine. God dealt with me once from a verse in Proverbs that says, “I will not give in to fear or evil foreboding, but I will have a glad heart no matter what happens.” I began to speak it aloud over myself every day until it became a part of me.

    • Beautiful Scripture, Elizabeth. I don’t think I’ve heard it before….sounds like it’s from The Message??

      I love how it starts. I WILL NOT give in to fear or evil foreboding. Such Strength in those words.

      Thank you. It’s a discipline, for sure.

  12. Angela says:

    Thank you for another beautiful post Julie, you’re such an encouragement !

    Last night, during a particularly accute low, I got the verse “delight thyself in the Lord…” and was sooo encouraged as I realized that I was hoping but not expecting with the certainty which comes from relying on His promises.

    • Angelia, the power of His words always move me. Just reading your comment, “Delight thyself in the Lord” those five words bring me to Him.

      Simple childlike faith. Obedience.

      Thank you so much. XOXO

  13. Arie Strobel says:

    Julie, I was running on a canal/trail in my neighborhood one day and all of a sudden a large, black odd loping ‘dog’ was coming my way. When it got closer I saw it was an OTTER. I felt like God just reached down with him and said “here’s a present for you.” That happened months ago and it still makes me feel that way. Most of the time breathless expectation is my theme…sadly our circle of friends has had a sudden and dramatic loss this week. I will bear in mind that if God is there with an otter (or baby fox) he is there in the sorrow. Love, Arie

    • That’s exactly what I’m talking about, Arie. I knew you were a breathless expectation kind of girl. 🙂

      So sorry about what you’re going through. Yes, I believe He’s in the sorrow too. Maybe even closer than during times of joy. “He bore our sorrows….”

      All my love.

  14. Ohhhh, so glad Arie prompted me to come and read. “Breathless Expectation,” a perfect way to envision the filter in which to see things. I loved the photos of the foxes- and now I love the profound story that goes along with them. Thank you Julie!

  15. Hey Vicky,

    Breathless expectation. I’m discovering there’s no other way.

    Much love to you and yours!!

  16. I love this Julie! Breathless expectation instead of sighing. There are signs all around us- signs of His creation- His love- His provision- His artistry- thanks for reminding us to expect Him- daily!

    • I loved those words from Oswald too, Cindy.

      Breathless expectation beats sighing any day!

      Thanks, my friend.

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